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WINE TIME With Bill Carlson August 2012

  • March 27, 2013
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� Bishop�s Peak wines are tops WINE�TIME Written by Bill Carlson Seville Quarter Pensacola News Journal 08/29/2012 Bishop�s Peak wines are tops at less than $20 Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco lies California�s largest viticul_ture area, the Central Coast. Stretching from Santa Barbara in the south to Monterrey in the north along the stunning Pacific coast_line, it is home to more than 350 wineries. Talley Vineyards has been farming this area in Arroyo Grande Valley for three gener_ations. Making wines since the mid-1980s, it has quickly be_trusted come a reference point in mak_ing Burgundian varietals of chardonnay and pinot noir. In fact, its wines from the Rincon and Rosemary�s Estate vine_yards are some of the best wines in the world. I highly recommend latching on to a bottle or two, if you can find them. Talley also has a �grower� series of wines called Bishop�s Peak that captures the essence of Talley�s wines, but is afford_able enough to be on your daily table. Don�t think of Bishop�s Peak as a second label or a way to make a quick buck off the wi_nery�s name, as these wines stand on their own merit. The grapes are sourced from local, growers, but the same winemaking techniques that go into Talley go into Bishop�s Peak. The 2010 Bishop�s Peak Char_donnay ($12.49) has been my go-to chardonnay this summer. It�s refreshing, and the lively, fresh flavors of Granny Smith apples and tropical fruits with very little oak influence make a very elegant and balanced wine. This would be the perfect pairing with the classic Spanish dish Gambas al Ajillo, grilled shrimp with garlic. Finding a worthy drinking pinot noir for less than $20 is always a difficult task. The 2010 Bishop�s Peak Pinot Noir ($16.99) is a steal for 100 percent pinot noir with grapes from San Luis Obispo and aged 10 months in French oak. I have tasted many pinots costing more than $50 that are not as well-puttogether as this wine. Bright red fruit, tart cherries and plums with a touch of spice on the finish make this a thoroughly enjoyable pinot noir. Lots of interesting wines are coming out of California�s Central Coast. Kudos to Talley for making high quality wines like Bishop�s Peak at a fair price. Bishop�s Peak wines are available at Seville�s Wine Shop. *Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211, or visit www.sevillequarter.com. *
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